A CONSORTIUM led by British Petroleum (BP) has announced a huge gas discovery off south Vietnam, but it has yet to find a market in the country's fledgling gas industry. A BP spokesman said yesterday appraisals were still being conducted on the two finds in the Nam Con Son Basin, but original estimates revealed about 57 billion cubic metres of gas - equal to about 350 million barrels of oil. 'The partnership is confident that . . . drilling has successfully identified potentially commercial quantities of producible gas,' the spokesman said. 'The gas reservoirs are highly productive, achieving flow rates in excess of 80 million cubic feet per day during testing operations.' The announcement marks the first reported find in six wells in two fields BP has drilled so far. The fields, Lan Tay (West Orchid) and Lan Do (Red Orchid), were about 350 km southeast of Vung Tau. A pipeline was expected to be built while the consortium considered markets. Fertiliser production was one possible use for the find, and it was understood consideration was being given to piping the gas to Thailand. 'The partnership will be working closely with government authorities to ensure optimum use . . . and to try to achieve an early commercial development,' said the BP spokesman. Currently, only the Ba Ria power station near Vung Tau is equipped to run off gas, soon to be piped from the White Tiger oil and gas field operated by the Russian-Vietnam joint venture VietSovPetro.